Coyle’s Championship Team Honored

January 30, 2007 - New York, NY - Although she rules the sidelines these days, Liberty head coach Patty Coyle used to tear up the hardwood in her own day. This weekend, Coyle and the rest of her 1982 Rutgers team were honored for the 25th Anniversary of their AIAW National Championship.

Coyle was a three-year starter at Rutgers, playing alongside her twin sister Mary. Her standout Scarlet Knights career was capped off her senior year when she led the team to the 1982 AIAW National Championship. The AIAW was the pre-cursor to the NCAA we know today. Coyle scored 30 points in the Championship game, while leading the Knights to an 83-77 win over Texas. For her efforts, she was named Tournament MVP. She would later be inducted into the University's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. That championship team finished the season 25-7, and was ranked in the Top 10 for the duration. They were guided by legendary coach Theresa Grentz, who was the first full time women's basketball coach in the nation.

Now 2007 marks the 25th Anniversary of the only women's basketball championship in the history of Rutgers. As such, the 1982 team was honored during halftime of Sunday's home game against Michigan State. Patty and her sister Mary were two of the players, along with Coach Grentz, in attendance for the ceremony.

Patty Coyle was touched by the recognition, and was glad to see her former teammates. "This was a nice thing to do. That was such a great time in our lives, it just brought back a lot of memories," said Coyle. "It was a chance to see old teammates, catch up on what everyone is doing now. It was just a great experience for all of us to get together again."

Apparently the 1982 team brought luck to the 2007 team, as the unranked Knights went on to defeat #21 Michigan State, 63-57.